2024 Raven Rocks Run and Raven Challenge Open for Early Bird Registration

If you like to plan your races in advance, sign up now! There is a special combo discount if you sign up for both events (10k race and 100k challenge) at the same time. There’s even a bonus EARLY RAVEN PRICING to celebrate opening of Raven registration.

There’s currently a TRIPLE bundle that lets you sign up for the TWO 2024 Run the Farm races plus Raven Rocks Run at the same time – and get a bundle discount!

Raven Rocks 10k Run will be held Sunday, November 10, 2024.

The Raven 100k Challenge is set for Nov 1-30, 2024.

Both events are open for registration now! https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks

Register

Thanks for supporting the race — and the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation!


PS: Run the Farm now has a SPRING race event (May 19, 2024) and a FALL race event (Oct 27, 2024). For more information – and January early bird and BUNDLE registrations, visit the registration links at https://runsignup.com/muscootspring and https://runsignup.com/muscoot.

Final Update for 2023 Raven 100k Challenge

  • FINAL UPDATE: 61 of our participants have entered enough distance to qualify for a challenge woodallion!
  • If you ended the month of November lower than the cutoff (aka under the 100k mark) unfortunately you did not qualify for a 100k challenge finisher woodallion 🙁
  • The cutoff for submissions was Monday 12/4. The table below shows what was sent to the custom laser engraving company on 12/5 (including distances and badges earned!).
  • We need to get our custom woodallion engraver (Raven Tree Works) the data to print the name and distance customized woodallions — plus the custom badges — so we can get the woodallions to the 100k challenge finishers in a timely manner.

Anyone registered who reaches 100k or higher walking, hiking, or running in November gets a custom Raven Challenge Woodallion suitable for display — and even suitable to hang on holiday decorations!

FINAL TALLY was made 12/4/23 with the badge claims and distances you and other challenge participants have reported.

If you need the link to claim your badges, click here.

If you have new badges to claim, you can submit the form as many times as needed and we will “super score” your badge claims (i.e. once you claim a badge you don’t need to claim it again on a subsequent form submission — but it doesn’t hurt to claim it again if you can’t remember!).

These are the final tallies:

Some highlights from the 2023 Raven 100k Challenge include:

Paul Woolley – 1st overall male – 532.4k ••• Mea Sgaglio – 1st overall female – 318.0k

Mark Shaner – 2nd overall male – 317.9k ••• Alexandra Heller – 2nd overall female – 306.8k

Kevin Ascher – 3rd overall male – 314.9k ••• Andrea Mindell – 3rd overall female – 301.3k

Jorge Leiriao – 4th overall male – 311.3k ••• Liz Osterhus – 4th overall female – 259.1k

Jamie Howard – 5th overall male – 300.7k ••• Jill Vincent – 5th overall female – 253.4k

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Paul Woolley – 1st male to 100k ••• Mea Sgaglio – 1st female to 100k

Mark Shaner – 2nd male to 100k ••• Alexandra Heller – 2nd female to 100k

Jorge Leiriao – 3rd male to 100k ••• Andrea Mindell – 3rd female to 100k

•••••

  • Number of 2023 participants: 61 total – 33 men, 28 women
  • Total badge types: 17 unique badges
  • Most total badge types possible for one person to earn this year: 15* 
  • Number of participants who earned the maximum number of 15 badges: 0
  • Number of badges earned total: 296
  • Most common badge earned: Bald Eagle badge (53 of 61)
  • Second most common: Turkey badge and Veteran’s Day badge (47 of 61 for both)
  • Least common badge earned: Peeter Badge, Raven Rockstar Badge (both 0 of 61)
  • Second least common badges: Full Flock, Raven Meteor (both 1 of 61)
  • Number of GPS challenge items hidden at the Rez: 28
  • Number of GPS challenge badges earned: 25
  • Number of GPS challenge items still hidden at the park: 3, we will be searching for them during an upcoming SundayRun!
  • 2023 Participant who completed the most Raven Rocks Run 10k courses: Peeter Muursepp (over 10 times).
  • Number of participants who reached 32 Raven Rocks 10k Loop courses completed in November 2023 required to earn the most difficult badge of all: The Peeter Badge: 0 of 73 
  • Note: if a participant exceeds 62 Raven Rocks courses in an upcoming year, the Peeter badge gets renamed for them… I don’t know if anyone will ever exceed the record on this. 
  • The Raven Meteor badge is for participants who witness a meteor while running during November. Only one of our runners achieved this: Jamie Howard. Congrats! You get a meteor flair for your woodallion this year. Note for next year’s runners: The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is in Mid-Nov each year and it is a perfect time for a night run and meteor gazing!
  • Other new badge ideas that challenge participants have suggested include the Volunteer Badge and Raven2Raven badge (run the Raven Rocks courses at the Rez and Rockefeller Park in the same day). Also, the Coyote badge, Naked Raven badge, and Jose Cuervo badge. I still don’t know what the last three proposed badges entail, but I eagerly await the explanations. We are open to other badge suggestions as well – ravenrocksrun.org/contact-us

Next year we plan to have the 9th annual Raven Rocks Run 10k Trail Race at 9 a.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2024. We will also bring back the Raven 100k Challenge as well for a 5th year. Anyone who signs up for both events at the same time will get a break on the dual registration. There also will be a super early raven discount when registration opens in early 2024. We appreciate the early support of the race and challenge!

Thanks again for being a part of this event! (This page including any late updates can be found at ravenrocksrun.org)

*the Full Flock badge (10x on the course) supersedes the Ultra Raven badge (5x on the course) which supersedes the Raven Badge (1x on the course).

Check ravenrocksrun.org/photos for links to pictures (from this year and past years) of the Raven 100k Challenge and the Raven Rocks Run.

2023 Last Caw!

Get your badge submissions in — and your distances in BY 12/4!

Let us know if you are having trouble getting anything to us and we will help!

  • If you completed the 2023 Raven 100k Challenge and have NOT posted your results yet to https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks/results you won’t receive a finisher woodallion!
    • Missing your woodallion after all that work would be a tragedy worthy of an Edgar Allen Poe work.
    • Submit your results now!

Thanks!

2023 Raven Rocks Recap

Hello Raven Runners!

Last Sunday was a chilly day to start, with frost on the ground at 6am as your volunteers arrived for the race day setup. Luckily it was sunny and that took the edge off as the sun got higher in the sky. Plus the roaring fire pit helped keep the chill at bay until race start.

Raven Rocks 2023 Results

We had 246 runners finish on Sunday – backed by a team of around 40 race volunteers including registration and t-shirt table help, kitchen/food setup, course checkers, timing volunteers, photographers, the utility team, and more. We also could not have put on the race without the help of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation staff — and their fearless leader, Jeff Main. We want to thank the County of Westchester Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation for hosting us at the park. The Lewisboro Volunteer Ambulance Corps came to the race to be on standby to help in case of injury.

The race supports the Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Participants are given the opportunity to join the friends group during registration, and nearly 90 of you took advantage. [You can STILL JOIN the friends group via this link: https://runsignup.com/Race/Donate/NY/CrossRiver/RavenRocksRun] Membership is at any dollar level. The most popular level is the $100 “Wood Turtle” level which gets the member a year long parking pass for the Rez. We raised over $5,600 for the friends group through the membership program on the registration website this year. Thank you Raven Runners, Hikers, and Walkers!

Musical Guests

We also had the two-man band of Casey Stanford (Guitar) and Layne Krulik (Drums) rocking mile 5.5 at Pell Hill in the meadow. Runners heard Led Zeppelin, Metallica, and many other rockin’ tunes as they headed downhill towards the finish around 3/4 mile away. Casey and Layne are 6th graders at John Jay Middle School. Thanks for braving the cold morning – and thanks to their roadies for getting them there! We hope they will come back for a return engagement in the spring and fall!

The Pell Hill Band: Casey Stanford (Guitar) and Layne Krulik (Drums)

Cobweb Crew

The Cobweb Crew – early morning volunteers! Many pre-ran the 10k course – and some of these folks also were sweeps.

The Cobweb Crew is a group of runners that go out well before the race and run the course to check that the markings are still there and everything is set for the race. We are confident in our trail course setting ability, but the whims of four legged (and two legged) creatures can lead to unexpected new paths. So we rely on the cobweb crew for this vital service which helps to keep all raven runners and hikers on course.

Race Highlights

The race had two repeat winners this year: Lindsay Felling (50:36) and Eamonn Sullivan (45:01). Both runners set new Raven Rocks course records! It was Lindsay’s 4th overall win at Raven Rocks and Eamonn’s second win.

The youngest finishers were a pair of 8-year olds running the race for the first time: Christian Piddington and Wyatt Nable.

The two youngest runners (8 years old each) running along the Raven Rocks trail overlooking the Stone River Ravine in Pound Ridge (Runners are Christian Piddington (8), Julie Piddington, Wyatt Nable (8), and David Nable. (photo by Carl van der Zandt)

All in all a very fun and energetic Sunday. Thank you to all who came, ran, helped, and watched. A great day all around!

….Rob

Photo Gallery for 2023 (and prior years!)

We have a group of volunteer photographers (thank you Carol, Griffin, Carl, and Justin!) who came out to the race to help document the event. Their 2023 photos are available on our permanent gallery website here: https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/Raven-Rocks-Run/2023

Links to prior years photos (2015-2023) is at this link: https://ravenrocksrun.org/photos/

Lastly – if you have photos YOU’D like to share (and be able to find years later!) post them to the 2023 runner’s upload album gallery using this link: https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/upload/hQzcqM/2023

Some selected photos from 2023:

2023 Raven 100k Challenge Status Update

There are 66 raven 100k challenge participants reporting their distance results to date.

  • UPDATE: 40 of these participants have entered enough distance to qualify for a challenge woodallion to date.
  • If you end the month of November lower than the cutoff (aka under the 100k mark) unfortunately you will not qualify for a 100k challenge finisher woodallion 🙁 So…. get moving and get those K’s reported ASAP! We know you’ve done them!
  • The cutoff for submissions is Monday 12/4. The table below shows what will be sent to the custom laser engraving company on 12/5 (including distances and badges earned!).
  • We need to get our custom woodallion engraver (Raven Tree Works) the data to print the name and distance customized woodallions — plus the custom badges — so we can get the woodallions to the 100k challenge finishers in a timely manner.

Anyone registered who reaches 100k or higher walking, hiking, or running in November gets a custom Raven Challenge Woodallion suitable for display — and even suitable to hang on holiday decorations!

FINAL TALLY will be made 12/4/23 with the badge claims and distances you and other challenge participants have reported.

If you need the link to claim your badges, click here. If you have new badges to claim, you can submit the form as many times as needed and we will “super score” your badge claims (i.e. once you claim a badge you don’t need to claim it again on a subsequent form submission — but it doesn’t hurt to claim it again if you can’t remember!).

2023 Pre-race Speech

[These were the prepared remarks for the pre-race announcements for 2023. I shortened them a bit for the runners sake due to the cold temps. Here is the unshortened version for your warm inside reading pleasure.]

This and many other photos are at https://leathermansloop.smugmug.com/Raven-Rocks-Run/2023

Thank you for coming to the 8th annual Raven Rocks Run! Welcome to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation! Before we get going onto the course, I have a few items to cover briefly. I am Rob Cummings, race director for the Raven Rocks Run.

No birthdays today??? How about yesterday? Tomorrow?

89 (!!) runners joined Friends of Trailside Museum as members – over $5,600 raised. You can still sign up through at the race website’s Friends of Trailside Museum link for 2024 membership.

IMPORTANT — LAYERS. If you have layers on now and you get to the campground (about 1 mile in) and you want to leave your outer layer, we will have volunteers collecting them in bins and returning them to the finish area for you to pick up at the end of your race.

Start taking your layers off at the sand hill. We will be waiting at the bottom of the meadow to collect them.

THE COURSE. The course carries hazards. The leaves can hide some obstacles like roots and rocks. Tread carefully. The course has dried out over the past few days but there are still some muddy spots. 

We did some course “grooming” over the past two weeks. Much of it seems to have survived. But rocks, leaves, roots, and other hazards are always a natural part of the trail. Take care and take those rocky downhills slowly. The uphills you can go fast on.

Course markings are pink flagspink ribbon. Pre-run by Lee, Peeter, Jacob, Scott, Alix, Greg, Steve, Madie, Brett, and other Sunday Runners. I am quite sure they scared the coyotes and bears away. 

SWEEPS. Sweeps will be following along behind the runners. If you can’t continue, stay on the course and the sweeps will catch up to you and send for help if you need it. They have cell phones, sweep maps, and LVAC contact info. 

After runners finish we will have awards near the tent. Please stick around — you may go home with a prize! 

THANK YOUS…. PAST BIB #1s – ALL BUT ONE ARE HERE?

  • 2015 — Ciorsdan thank you for helping with the whole event. Always #1 in my heart. I love you babe! 
  • 2016 — Tony and Judy Godino – hiking the course today? Reverse direction? 
  • 2017 — Charlie Vaccaro. Mr. Trail Mix – up from Florida for this event. 
  • 2018 — My parents John and Patricia Cummings – could not be here today but cheering you all on from their home!
  • 2019 — Lee Willett – SundayRuns.org keeper of the maps, the compass, and the plan.
  • 2021 — Jeff Main, superintendant of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Without his guidance and support, the race does not happen. Jeff is a quiet leader and has a deep history with this park and the Westchester County Park system. 
  • 2022 – Ed Dee, who won Raven Rocks Run 2021. An always-enthusiastic regular in the sunday runner crew. Ed loves the trails. 
  • 2023 — Eamonn Sullivan, won this race last year. He keeps getting faster!

THE Trail Mix race directors: Eric, David, Brant, Megan, and Nancy. (Almost all races in series represented here?). Each year it keeps getting better — I will update the Trail Mix website with the 2023 results. If you don’t know what the Trail Mix Series is, check out trailmixseries.org.

Youngest Registered Runners:

  • M – Wyatt Nable & Christian Piddington (8)
  • F – Julia Scheffler (16)

Highly experienced Runners:

  • M – Ed Moore, John Kiselak, Murray Rosenblith, James McEvoy. 
  • F – Patricia Richards

Leatherman’s Loop – returns in 2024 — For the 36th year — on April 28, 2024. Big Things Planned! Loop Lottery is January 5th-8th – check leathermansloop.org for details.

Final Thank Yous & Acknowledgments: 

  • Tony and Judy GodinoEl Copadre & Comadre “the godfather and godmother” of the East Coast trail racing scene. I wouldn’t be here without their work and enthusiasm. If you look at the roots of the eastern trail races, many trace their roots back to their events from the 1980s. 
  • Sunday Runners, many are volunteers here. Thanks for keeping the trails well traveled!
  • Parks department – Jeff, Chase, Mike, Michael, Jake, Bobby, and the rest of the crew who are so supportive of what we do. 
  • Tom Cohn – THE driving force behind the newly energized “bring back the fire tower” effort. Big supporter of this race and runners. 
  • Friends of Trailside Museum and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation – Thank for your support of the Museum and Park! 
  • Cecilia Soprano – amichiart.com – designed the t-shirt. And she designed the 2018-2022 shirts as well as all of the Run the Farm shirts since 2014. 
  • LVAC – Volunteers all of them. What a great group of community members. They will take care of you if you should need it. Hopefully you meet them after you have crossed the finish line and are having a bagel & coffee.
  • PRVFD – All volunteers as well. If you get into trouble on the course they are ready to help.
  • Race volunteers – CORAL COLORED t-shirts – thanks to them we get to have a race!

OK, now for the start!   (JIM – is the timer ready?)

Introduce Todd Henrich – Pinhoti 100 mile trail race finisher last week (in Alabama) who will do the starting honors and give me 30 seconds to get into position at about 100 meters downfield to photograph this magnificent crowd.

—Ready, Set, Go! ………. And they’re off! 

[2023 Raven Rocks Run results are here]

2023 Raven Rocks photo collection is here ADD YOUR PHOTOS to the mix via this link!

2023 Results Posted

We have posted the 2023 results here: https://ravenrocksrun.org/results/2023-results/.

Thanks runners for making this a great day and thanks to our volunteers for pitching in and making it happen.

We are working on a recap of the day and have started to get photos and video organized and uploaded. Check back at this page later on for the recap link — and refresh the 2023 photos link to see more as we upload.

Our photographers do a great job! Today Carol, Carl, and Rob took photos and video — plus thanks to all of the runners who will be submitting photos – thank you in advance! (<–hint: upload yours to this album!)

Raven Rocks 2023 Set for Tomorrow!

Click or press image to go to registration page.

The Raven Rocks Run is set to go tomorrow at 9am. See our Logistics Note for advice on getting to the park and getting oriented once you arrive.

Race organizers will be at the park and on the trails today doing the final prep work and fine tuning the course for our Sunday morning start.

Register

There is Last Minute Online Registration available until this evening if you are deciding late to run – sign up now and make tomorrow morning easier for yourself!

THERE WILL BE SAME DAY REGISTRATION AT THE PARK TOMORROW! If you haven’t signed up yet but want to run – come early. Day of race registration opens at 7:30am.

Note: if you are running tomorrow and want to have an extra layer for the start but then want to peel it off (after that first big hill when you are warmed up!), we will have volunteers at Michigan Road (1 mile into the course, up the first big hill) who can collect your outer layers in a bin and will return them to the finish line area near the tent and fire put for you to pick up after you finish.

The course is the same as 2022 — barring any downed trees overnight! It is already “lightly marked” and the full and final marking will take place today.

There is a water stop at the 4 mile mark at the top of the Fire Tower climb (the highest spot on the course).

See you on the trails!

….Rob, Ciorsdan, and the Raven Volunteers

Submit 2023 Raven 100k Challenge Results

Two submissions needed for the 100k Challenge – first for your runs, second for your badges.

  1. Visit https://runsignup.com/ravenrocks/results and submit your distance results as soon as you complete the day’s run, walk, or hike(s).
  2. Submit your badge achievements/photos/other claims here: https://ravenrocksrun.org/raven-100k-challenge-badge-submission-form/you should use this form more than once to update us. If you submit more than once we will “superscore” to keep track of ALL of your badge achievements.

If you are in the challenge, join the Raven 100k November Challenge Strava Group!

Let us know if you have questions – ravenrocksrun@gmail.com.